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The Oldie Literary Lunches have become a venerable institution on the
London literary scene since they were first launched in 1996. Held monthly
at Simpson's-in-the-Strand, the lunches feature three speakers who
each address the audience for ten minutes. A delicious three-course
lunch with wine accompanies the talks.

To book tickets call Katherine or Jenny on 01225 42 73 11

between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday-Friday. 

Tickets cost £62

To listen to recordings of previous Literary Lunches, please click here

Click HERE for a round-up of 2014's literary lunches so far...





From left to right: Lynn Barber, David Kynaston, Alan Johnson

Lynn Barber on A Curious Career Five-times British Press Award winner and interviewer

extraordinaire Lynn Barber joins us to talk about a life spent interrogating others. Known

for her wit and ability to ask the question no one else wants to be asked, she makes

her debut at the Oldie lunches. 

David Kynaston on Modernity Britain: Book Two, a Shake of the Dice 1959-62 David

Kynaston returns with another volume of insight into the inner workings of 

inter-generational post-war Britain; lessons learned from a fading decade are subsumed

into the dawn of the oncoming one - an insightful, detail portrait of a nation in flux.

Alan Johnson on Please, Mr Postman The former home secretary and one of our top

speakers of 2013 returns to talk about the second volume of his memoirs. Charting 

Johnson’s life from 18 to his mid-30s – the time in which he worked for both the

Post Office and its trade union.




From left to right: Andrew Roberts, Kate Mosse, Christopher Simon Sykes

Andrew Roberts on Napoleon the Great: the author of Waterloo and Eminent 

Churchillians looks back in wonder at the life of the great Corsican general, who said

'For myself, I have but one requirement, that of success.' Making full use of Napoleon's

30,000 letters, Roberts's 'masterly' and extensive biography looks set to become the 

definitive one for many years.

Kate Mosse on The Taxidermist's Daughter: Kate Mosse – author of Labyrinth and

The Winter Ghosts – makes her Oldie Literary Lunch debut to tell us about The 

Taxidermist's Daughter, a gothic psychological thriller set on the flooded 

marshlands of the author's native West Sussex, on th eve of St Mark, 1912. 

Christopher Simon Sykes on Hockney: The Biography Volume 2. Spanning the

beloved British painter's life from 1975-2012, this second volume of biography

is a portrait of an exceptional artist in his prime. With unprecedented access to 

Hockney's work, notebooks, diaries and the man himself, Skye reveals a master.



To coincide with the Bath Literature Festival, The Oldie moves from Simpsons to the

genteel surroundings of the Assembly Rooms.


Mark Ellen on Rock Stars Stole My Life. Mark Ellen – music journalist and former

Ugly Rumours bandmate of Tony Blair – reveals the wilder moments 

of his 50-year long career in the world of rock and roll. From Meatloaf's underwear

to Chrissie Hynde's French Onion soup, Ellen has seen it all...

Matthew Engel on Engel's England. Wander through England, all 39 counties

and one capital of it, with Matthew Engel. Over his three year 

journey, Engel 'never had a dull day' nor 'met a country I didn't love': truly, this is 

'a celebration of the remarkable and continuing distinctiveness of every part of 


Mr Gwynne on Gwynne's Grammar and Gwynne's Latin. 'Happiness depends at 

least partly on good grammar,' claims Mr Gwynne. Come and have your split 

infinitives corrected and find out just why 'Latin is "it", the most wonderful "thing", 

et cetera. 



Emma Bridgewater on Toast and Marmalade. Bridgewater's distinctive homeware has 

found itself on dressers, shelves and kitchen tables all over Britain and beyond.

Toast and Marmalade tells the personal stories behind the designs, many from Emma's


Peter Snow on To War with Wellington. As the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo

approaches (and just three months before our Oldie reader trip to the historical

battleground), historian Peter Snow describes how an awkward schoolboy became a 

military genius in his biography of Arthur, Duke of Wellington. 

Stanley Johnson on Stanley, I Resume.  Stanley Johnson, father of Boris and Rachel,

recollects his hilariously 'exuberant life' in the second volume of his memoirs. Whether

he's pretending to be a burglar or shocking the unflappable Mrs Thatcher with his cocktails,

Johnson never disappoints.

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